Keswick Mountain Festival announces new date for 2021

Walkers enjoy a walking challenge at the 2019 Keswick Mountain Festival
There is a new date for Keswick Mountain Festival 2021. (Image credit: Paul Mitchell/ Wildman Media)

Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) has been postponed from May to September this year.

After reviewing details of the UK Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, the KMF team has the original dates of May 21 to 23 are too close to the earliest first date for the resumption of major events. 

By moving the festival to September 10 to 12, it’s hoped it will be possible to host the event in its entirety in 2021.

KMF was founded in 2007 and now attracts thousands of visitors to Cumbria for a  mix of live entertainment, sporting events, outdoor adventures, speakers, taster activities, exhibitor stands and camping for all of the family.

The 2021 festival will be based in the open air Festival Village on Crow Park, with the scenic backdrop of Derwentwater and the Lakeland fells. 

The programme for this year’s festival remains unchanged, but the line-up of live music will be different from what was originally planned. Details of the new acts will be unveiled in the near future.

Paul McGreal, co-owner and director of Keswick Mountain Festival, said: “We hope that everyone who has already booked a place at Keswick Mountain Festival will now join us in September and for what is sure to be a much-anticipated and needed celebration in a stunning, safe, outdoor setting.”

All bookings from the 2020 Keswick Mountain Festival have already been rolled forward to May 2021. These will automatically be rolled over again to the new September dates. Similarly, all new bookings made for May 2021 will be rolled over to the new September dates. 

Ticket holders who cannot attend on the new dates should email by March 31, 2021, to be issued with a full refund (less booking fee).  See

Fiona Russell

Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.